Things to Know About Piggybacking Coupons
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Things to Know About Piggybacking Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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coupons-piggy-bankWhen you think of the word “piggybacking” it may bring to mind the image of one child carrying another child on his back (and both of them giggling madly). It turns out that piggybacking isn’t just for kids! You can do piggybacking with coupons. It is a bit confusing to understand how this works, especially if you are brand new to couponing. This blog should clear it up for you.

When it comes to coupons, what, exactly, does piggybacking mean? One way to think of it is to go ahead and visualize the child being carried on his friend’s back. Both of them are going to the same place. They are “connected” with each other but are actually two different children.

Piggybacking with coupons means that you are going to purchase more than one product. You have a coupon that requires you to buy product X and product Y (in order to save $1.00 on product X). You also have a second coupon that will let you save $1.00 on product Y. Use them both at the same time, and you are piggybacking those two coupons.

Sound confusing? Perhaps a more direct example will make it clearer. Let’s say that you decided to shop at Target, and that you need to pick up some cat litter, (a common occurrence in the life of a cat owner).

A few months ago, you signed up with Arm & Hammer because you like their products and wanted to gain access to their manufacturers coupons. You found a coupon that will save you $2.00 off when you buy any 2 boxes of Arm & Hammer Cat Litter. So, you printed out this coupon to take with you when you go shopping.

Today, you were planning to go to Target. You found a Target coupon that will save you $2.00 off when you buy 1 box of Arm & Hammer Cat Litter. This coupon is for the 18 pound, or larger, size. So, you printed that one out, too.

You brought both coupons with you to Target. The first one required you to buy 2 boxes of Arm & Hammer Cat Litter in order to use the coupon (and save $2.00). The Target coupon requires you to buy 1 box of Arm & Hammer Cat Litter that must be at least 18 pounds. You make sure one of the two boxes you select is at least 18 pounds. This allows you to use the Target coupon (and save another $2.00). You just piggybacked two coupons, for better savings!

Before you do this, you should check Target’s coupon policy to make sure they allow piggybacking. It turns out that they will accept one manufacturers coupon and one Target coupon on a single item. See, that wasn’t so difficult to understand after all!

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